Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Tennyson Center for Children! We understand how precious your time is, so we greatly appreciate the commitment you make to donate your time to partner with Tennyson to build stronger and healthier kids and families.
Fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page or contact Cydnee Dossey at [email protected] for more information.
Please note that per DPHE requirements, all volunteers on Tennyson’s campus must be vaccinated and wear a mask while indoors.
Become a “Neighbor”
Founded in 2017, Families Together connects families who feel isolated with volunteer “Neighbors” who want to prove they’re not alone.
Neighbors deliver meals, groceries, or care packages to one specific family for six months, building a friendship through encouraging notes and phone calls. This community support helps stabilize families and children, simultaneously reducing the chance that children need to go into the foster care system.
If you are interested in ongoing opportunities volunteering directly with students, become a classroom volunteer in our education-based, day-treatment program for children who have experienced complex trauma. Classroom volunteers help teachers and school staff with day-to-day operations, including helping students with assignments, crafts, or other activities.
Support our students by volunteering during a Fun Friday celebration! These celebrations use the positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) model to promote positive behavior during the week with the reward of a special activity on Friday afternoons. Fun Fridays range from pizza parties, flag football games, movies, or any other ideas your group may have.
Campus Clean Up
We always want to create an atmosphere at our school that our kids take pride in—both inside and outside of the building. Our (small but mighty!) maintenance team always appreciates the extra help from groups who want to volunteer. There are a wide variety of needs depending on the season but can include gardening, raking leaves, and painting touch ups.
1. Write a Testimonial
Write a personal testimonial about the importance of Tennyson Center for Children and encourage others to learn more about our work. The testimonial may be used in social media campaigns and to help encourage staff and kids when they are feeling fatigued. You can email testimonials to [email protected]
2. Create and Encouragement Board
Create an encouragement board in your office that is branded with Tennyson Center for Children information. This is a “Tennyson Cares” board in which staff encourage each other through highlighting one another’s accomplishments and contains information about our work.
3. Create Coloring Sheets
Create coloring sheets for our kiddos. The sheets will be scanned and sent back to you as a thank you for your efforts!
4. Volunteer Your Talent
Do you have skills in managing a website, data entry, or other online virtual work that could benefit Tennyson Center for Children? We encourage you to contact us at [email protected] for more information.
5. Fill a Basket or Backpack
Fill a backpack or create a basket of items for a Tennyson child or family. The baskets may include games, activities, snacks, or movies for families to spend time together. The backpacks may include a variety of school supplies such as a white board, writing utensils, notebooks, coloring supplies, and headphones to assist with distance learning.
Another great way to get involved is by hosting a Peer-to-Peer Fundraiser. Donate your time and get your friends and family involved in fun and creative ways by creating your own fundraising event. Whether it’s running a 5K, hosting a school event, or even having a bake sale, you can help raise money for Tennyson doing what you love. Click below to learn more about hosting your own Peer-To-Peer Fundraiser. The possibilities are endless!